The Wardrobe Manager (WM) at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee (BCB) reports to the Costume Shop Manager (CSM) and Stage Manager (SM). The WM is responsible for each production's costumes once they leave the Costume Shop and begin tech/dress rehearsal. Costumes may be defined as all costumes, jewelry, shoes, makeup, wigs, and all other costume elements whether constructed, rented or obtained as they relate to BCB production needs. Productions include, but are not limited to, the Mainstage season. The Wardrobe Manager is additionally responsible to the Stage Manager when directly working on a production in tech, dress, or performance. The WM is responsible for training, designating tasks to, and supervising both a student crew supplemented with professional dressers and/or Assistant Wardrobe. WM is responsible for creating run sheets and tracks for all dressers, maintaining piece lists, and communicating regularly with Costume Designers, CSM, and SMs.
Essential Functions/Primary Duties:
1. In advance of first dress rehearsal, acquire familiarity with each show and its costumes. Attend rehearsals as deemed necessary by the Costume Shop Manager/Stage Manager. Meet with CSM and/or Costume Designer prior to each show's tech, as deemed necessary by CSM, to become familiar with the costumes and specific needs of each production. Working from dressing lists, piece lists, costume plot, and/or scene charts, develop tracks for each dresser and self with input from SM regarding times and locations of changes, and create run sheets as needed. Keep dressing lists/piece lists up to date if pieces are added/struck during tech/dress.
2. Hire, train, and manage any supplementary professional wardrobe staff, and train student dressers as necessary, both in consultation with CSM and SM about specific show needs.
3. Assist actors with costumes and changes prior, during, and after each performance. Run all costumed performances on the Mainstage, including tech and dress rehearsals. Choreograph and facilitate quick changes. Inform the CSM and SM of need for QC booth(s) prior to first tech.
4. Proactively prevent costumes issues by paying close attention to detail. Clean, repair, and refurbish all costume pieces as needed to maintain consistency of the original design, including laundering between performances. Coordinate with CSM during tech/dress if there are any major alterations or problems as soon as discovered.
5. Communicate on a regular basis with CSM and SM to discuss status of the show in tech/dress/performance, and plans for the organization of costumes for upcoming productions.
6. Arrive at daily calls at least hour prior to performer/crew call, in consultation with CSM and SM based on the needs of each production. Perform/designate daily check in of all costume pieces prior to actor half hour.
7. Act as liaison between actors/SM/Costume Shop during the run of the show. Communicate concerns as well as notes and suggestions for improvements to efficiency or safety.
8. Consult with CSM for strike responsibilities for each production (usually sorting and cleaning of accessories, begin laundry, etc.). Perform/designate a final check in of all costume pieces including a thorough sweep of the stage and backstage areas including props.
9. Maintain order and cleanliness in all Wardrobe areas- mezzanine, backstage, dressing rooms, laundry. Maintain control of the room with performers, musicians, and sometimes sound also sharing the space. Alert CSM of supply needs and inventory requests, and/or make orders as necessary to maintain supplies in stock.
10. Consult with SM and CSM to set schedule for Wardrobe crew. Comply with schedule changes due to unforeseen circumstances. SM is responsible for break calls.
11. Additional duties as required by Production Manager, SM, or CSM.
Competency in all aspects of Wardrobe and Costume operations. Safe operation of all tools and machines (some industrial).
Clear, frequent communication between all interested parties.
Ability to lift items up to 30 lbs.
Ability to work independently and as a supervisor.
Extremely detail oriented and paperwork driven.
Works well under pressure and with large groups of diverse people.
Bachelor's Degree or equivalent work experience. Experience as Wardrobe Supervisor/Manager, Lead Dresser or exceptional leadership as dresser demonstrated.
Applicants who are both interested and qualified should submit the following materials: * Cover letter that addresses the applicant's capabilities and experiences. * A resume or CV.
Currently enrolled Berklee students may not apply for staff or faculty positions.
The above information on this position description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by individuals within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job. Requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an "at will" employment relationship.
External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled as defined under the Americans With Disabilities Act, must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case-by-case basis.
Incomplete applications will not be considered. The position will remain open for applications until filled.
Berklee is committed to increasing the diversity of the college community and the curriculum. Candidates who can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply and to identify their strengths in this area.
Employee Type: Staff
Internal Number: R0001568
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